FirstEnergy Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
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  1. A good place to work

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    Former Employee - Nuclear Engineer III in Shippingport, PA
    Former Employee - Nuclear Engineer III in Shippingport, PA

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Steady employment with nice benefits

    Cons

    On the downslope not sure were the bottom will be.

  2. Fast growing company, with an unfortunate corporate system.

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    Former Intern - Help Desk Engineer in Akron, OH
    Former Intern - Help Desk Engineer in Akron, OH

    I worked at FirstEnergy as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Company stability, benefits, and job stability.

    Cons

    Corporate managing and guidelines. Poor management and selection. Hard work does not capitalize advancements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start focusing on employees that provide good results and hard work for advancement rather than people that work their way up by knowing the right people and how much they "A" they kiss.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Loved going to work every single day

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at FirstEnergy as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The travel to all different plants around the north east is fun and makes the work day go fast. It is a good way of networking and being able to keep in contact with as many people as possible. The pay is also very good.

    Cons

    Some people are tough nosed people and have to have thick skin. It's 100 percent travel all day everyday. If you don't like to travel do not take this job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe hire on more people to decrease the travel

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Corp. Giant insensitive to loyal employees futures.

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    Former Employee - Operations Specialist B in Masontown, PA
    Former Employee - Operations Specialist B in Masontown, PA

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    They not only generate power, they own some very strategic transmission lines.

    Cons

    I moved out of state to begin my career with FE, 4/8/13. Out of nowhere, 7/9/13, they announced they would deactivate our plant in 90 days. They did, and SEVERED us!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When making corp. decisions, take into consideration the effects your decisions will have upon the futures of your loyal employees & their families.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. Constant layoffs = increasing workload

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Akron, OH

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked with fun people; had the opportunity to work with many different departments on projects

    Cons

    Constant cycle of lots of hiring then a lot of layoffs; no work/life balance - expected to work late/weekends to get the job done; not sufficient customer systems for the number of customers expected to be able to manage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time getting to know the lower jobs to see what really goes on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Underwhelmed

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Accountant in Akron, OH

    I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Salaries are similar to other companies.

    Cons

    There is little chance of advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect all employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. I have been told I am a valuable asset to the company and have alot of potential.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, Work environment is good, coworkers always ask for my input.

    Cons

    Upper Management does not engage employees to have a voice into the success of the company as a whole

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why are the Rules of Engagement not being used to have an open dialog with employee across the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. First Energy Shows its Age in its Technology

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Nuclear Engineer II in Shippingport, PA
    Former Employee - Nuclear Engineer II in Shippingport, PA

    I worked at FirstEnergy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They have an inviting group of workers. They are very willing to mentor or take you under their wing to show you what is what.

    Cons

    Dated technology makes completed job assignments difficult. You need to know who to talk to in order to get the information you might need to start/finish a task. Their FileNet system is dated and the search function provides less results depending on how you enter the text. All drawings, calculations, information is not available on FileNet requiring you to search through aperture cards or film reels to find drawings or calculations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advance with the times and the generation you are about to hire. They are a generation of information being at their fingertips and become easily discouraged when they have to sort through files/paperwork for information. Listen to the complaints of current employees and do what you can to keep them aboard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Regulatory Compliance is the main goal at this company location

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FirstEnergy

    Pros

    Relatively high local job security

    Cons

    Lack of local leadership
    Bare bones funding

  11. Constant Change

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Akron, OH

    I have been working at FirstEnergy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They are very business focused, particularly on the bottom line. Pay is very competitive and in some field locations, particularly in Energy Delivery and Generation, provide some of the best jobs in the area.

    Cons

    On the corporate support end, decisions are often short-sighted, eliminating experienced personnel vs. newer hires. Some areas of the company have no job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are a valuable resource - do everything to keep them. Keep hiring at a flexible point so that continual expansions and contractions (aka layoffs) do not need to occur.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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